“What’s in your catheter? It’s time to find out!” says Lisa Wells who is the Vice President of Marketing with Cure Medical. In a recent article Lisa wrote for Abilities Expo, she discusses the importance of checking your catheters for chemical warning labels.
“A new requirement under California's Proposition 65 law now ensures that, prior to sale, medical supply manufacturers must disclose if their products are made with harmful chemicals listed on the State of California's Prop 65 registry,” she writes.
After the updated consumer protection legislation, users are checking their intermittent catheter boxes and packages to find chemical warning labels if the brand is made with chemicals like DEHP, DINP or BPA.
“DEHP belongs to a family of chemicals, known as phthalates, that are used in manufacturing to make plastic more flexible.”
Why are you being warned about DEHP in catheters?
“According to the Proposition 65 website, DEHP exposure may cause the development of cancer, the reduction of testosterone and sperm count, respiratory problems, and other issues such as birth defects,” Lisa states.
When a woman is pregnant, exposure to DEHP may affect the development of the child. DEHP can be passed from the mother to the unborn child during pregnancy.
“Unfortunately, DEHP is still being heavily used in the manufacturing process for some brands of catheters, including pediatric catheters, today.”
Lisa shares a picture of standardized warning labels on different brands of intermittent catheters that are made with DEHP. She advises looking for these warning labels on your catheter package or the box that they arrive in.
Choosing A Catheter Not Made with DEHP or DINP
“Realizing the impact of these health concerns, a growing number of medical supply manufacturers offer intermittent catheters that are not made with any Proposition 65 chemicals including DEHP, DINP or BPA,” says Lisa.
“Cure Medical is the leader in the marketplace when it comes to a full line of intermittent catheters and closed systems that are not made with Proposition 65 chemicals.”
In the video above, Cure Medical founder Bob Yant who is himself a catheter user, explains why Cure catheters have never been made with DEHP, DINP or BPA.
To conclude Lisa leaves her readers with this statement, “You have the right to ask for a medical product that is not made with Proposition 65 chemicals. Every licensed medical supply provider will honor that request.”
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This post is sponsored by Cure Medical. “Cure Catheters are created especially for you! Our products are not made with scary chemicals like DEHP, BPA or natural rubber latex. We have a vested interest in the quality, safety, comfort, and convenience of our intermittent catheters— as our founder’s health depends on them, too. Try a Cure for free today by requesting here! You’ll be glad you did.”